Tune in to better health
Radio NAHO is a series of inspiring talks by some of Canada’s leading First Nations thinkers in the areas of traditional healing, healthy living, youth, environmental health, children’s health, and chronic diseases. The talks are webcast at www.naho.ca/radio and broadcast by participating radio stations. Listen and share the episodes by visiting www.naho.ca/radio .
Reach. In 2011-12, a flyer was sent to 204 First Nations radio stations and 79 community radio stations. In a 1-month period, the Radio NAHO Web pages received a total of 4,549 visitors and 9,385 page views. The total number of downloads of the MP3 files of the episodes was 419.
Knowledge Change. Survey respondents (N=25) gave the episodes 5-star (44 per cent), 4-star (11 per cent), and 3-star (12 per cent) ratings. In addition, they indicated that the episodes increased their knowledge “A lot” (40 per cent)”, “A little” (11 per cent), and “Somewhat” (16 per cent). When asked what they intend to do with the information, respondents offered comments such as:
“Inspired me to be more aware of nature and learning from it, like what was done by the ancestors.”
“making health food choices and avoid high sugar drinks water is the best”
“drink more water”
“get out and exercise!”
“that one person can make a big difference and making positive decisions in life can go a long way”
“Talk more to our youth, pass it on”
“its important to keep our children healthy through vaccinations”
Although the size of this sample is small, these results suggest that Radio NAHO increased the listeners’ awareness and knowledge about the topics of traditional healing, healthy living, youth, environmental health, children’s health, and chronic diseases.